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Poster: picfixer Date: Mar 4, 2013 9:25am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Please move to Feature Films, Movie Trailers

After "King Kong" (1933) and "Them" (1954), "The Giant" Claw" is my third favorite
creature feature just because it is so stunningly bad. Chances are the cast didn't
actually see that absurd puppet until after the film wrapped. When they finally did,
their jaws must have been in their laps.

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Poster: Freddie Jaye Date: Mar 4, 2013 12:37pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Please move to Feature Films, Movie Trailers

Picfixer, ty for the upload. I will use it for a "drive-in experience" show at a fringe-arts festival. Note Jeff Morrow's reaction, below. Could you blame him?

From Wikipedia:

"The Giant Claw has been mocked for the quality of its special effects. The bird in particular is considered by many to be badly made, being a marionette puppet with a very odd face. The film is also riddled with stock footage, including clips of the explosion of the Los Angeles City Hall from War of the Worlds and collapse of the Washington Monument from Earth vs the Flying Saucers during the bird's attack on New York City, making continuity a serious issue.

"Morrow later confessed in an interview that no one in the film knew what the titular monster looked like until the film's premiere. Morrow himself first saw the film in his hometown, and hearing the audience laugh every time the monster appeared on screen, he left the theater early, embarrassed that anyone there might recognize him (he allegedly went home and began drinking)."

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Poster: picfixer Date: Mar 4, 2013 1:29pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Please move to Feature Films, Movie Trailers

Freddie Jay, I have many drive-in fodder trailers. I'll check which are PD, and beginning later this week I'll try to upload at least one a day.

This post was modified by picfixer on 2013-03-04 21:29:05

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Poster: Freddie Jaye Date: Mar 4, 2013 4:25pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Please move to Feature Films, Movie Trailers

Thanks. I already have all the trailers I need for this venture, but I'm sure many other people who prowl the Archive would enjoy them, too.

Looks like my "coming attractions" will be "Horror of Party Beach," "Catwomen of the Moon"/"She-Demons" (toss-up) and, of course, "The Giant Claw. "Little Shop of Horrors" will be the main feature.

Could this have been the inspiration for the "claw monster"?
http://www.behindthevoiceactors.com/characters/Looney-Tunes/Beaky-Buzzard/

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Poster: picfixer Date: Mar 4, 2013 7:31pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Please move to Feature Films, Movie Trailers

Well then, good luck with your project. I hope it's a great success. I have almost 400 classic film trailers, with about a quarter of them from the glory days of cardboard sets, ray guns and gorilla suits. So if you need any trailers in the future, just shout. The plan is to eventually upload them all, but of late I've been very busy with other things, and have had little time to spare for IA.

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Poster: Freddie Jaye Date: Mar 4, 2013 8:26pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Please move to Feature Films, Movie Trailers

Thanks. The audience is likely to be mainly under-30, so the whole thing should be a hoot (and it'll be a complete IA production, to boot).

And I hear ya about the golden days. I saw "Missile to the Moon" in my yout', and finally bought a copy. Absolutely hilarious!



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Poster: Quigs Date: Mar 4, 2013 9:49am
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HehHeh. Can you imagine being having this film on your resume and trying to hone your craft after this?
Quigs

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Poster: cosmico Date: Mar 4, 2013 3:05pm
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It's a helluva fun movie, certainly more entertaining than anything that pretentious buffoon Stanley Kubrick ever made!

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Poster: Quigs Date: Mar 4, 2013 4:02pm
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It is so silly though, but it is fun.

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Poster: cosmico Date: Mar 4, 2013 7:08pm
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Absolutely silly, and definitely fun! And it's great to see such fine actors in the movie, taking it all so seriously, probably because they had no idea at all what the "big bird" would look like in the finished film. BAWWK BAWWK!!!

Oh, for the good old days when the movies were cheap and fun, instead of insanely expensive and boring as hell (i.e., "IRON MAN 326486903926346") as is the case today!



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Poster: Quigs Date: Mar 4, 2013 7:29pm
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You would think the Zucker brother (Airplane) saw it and used the same formula, huh?

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Poster: cosmico Date: Mar 4, 2013 7:35pm
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Leslie Nielsen said that the key to that type of twisted humor (AIRPLANE, NAKED GUN, etc.) was to "play it straight-faced but outrageous." He sure was superb at it!

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Poster: Freddie Jaye Date: Mar 4, 2013 8:39pm
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I must agree. I have the "Sledge Hammer!" TV series, and it was done the same way. (What other detective showers with his gun?) Even better -- the DVD version dumped the laugh track. Without those annoying cues, the black comedy is even funnier.

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Poster: cosmico Date: Mar 8, 2013 3:12pm
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The star of Sledge Hammer, David Rasche, is a super nice guy. I need to order the series on DVD before it's gone.

EDIT #1: Just found the complete series on Amazon for under $20! :)

EDIT #2: I found it for FREE on Hulu.com, all 40 episodes (!?), but it has the laugh-track. Hmm. Decisions, decisions.



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Poster: Freddie Jaye Date: Mar 9, 2013 8:57am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Please move to Feature Films, Movie Trailers

I'd buy the Amazon set. There are some cool extras in the sets, and -- seriously -- the deletion of the laugh track makes a world of difference.

Trust me. I know what I'm doing.